MFI Course Offerings

2017 Summer Programs - On the North Fork of Long Island

Cinematographers Gold Program

CINEMATOGRAPHERS: We choose cinematographers on ability and passion. (*Space is Limited)July 2nd - July 16th, 2017 (2 Wk Program)Tuition, room, all meals, all film equipment: $4,195
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Imagine that you have a chance to shoot a short film with the guidance of professional cinematographers and filmmakers. IMAGINE being mentored by working cinematographers on short films, while under the watchful eye of Tony Spiridakis, who has directed Academy Award winning actors Timothy Hutton and Richard Dreyfuss. IMAGINE getting hands on experience with cameras, lens packages and lighting equipment while getting credit on multiple films as a First Assistant Camera. IMAGINE all of that culminating with you getting to be the cinematographer on your own film, and then watching your film screened in full HD at the Greenport Theater. Can you imagine all that? Well, we do more than imagine it. We will provide exactly that. We feel confident your two-week experience at MFI Summer Camp will be transformational. This program offering is for beginning cinematographers/students with background/education in cinematography looking to expand their on-set knowledge of film, camera work, and lighting.

Directors Gold Program with TONY SPIRIDAKIS, SHANNON GOLDMAN

DIRECTORS: We choose directors on ability and passion.July 2nd - July 16th, 2017 (2 Wk Program)Tuition, room, all meals, all film equipment: $4,195 (*writing tutorials for writer-directors add $300)
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Imagine that you have a chance to direct a short film with the guidance of professional filmmakers. IMAGINE that under the watchful eye of Tony Spiridakis, who has directed Academy Award winning actors Timothy Hutton and Richard Dreyfuss, you will develop your shooting script weeks before you even arrive at film camp. IMAGINE prepping your films as soon as you arrive with producer-director Shannon Goldman. IMAGINE being critiqued in the edit room by actor-director Tony Goldwyn. IMAGINE rehearsing with your actors, shooting on location, building a shot-list with your cinematographer, as you direct, edit, then screen your film at the Greenport theater on the last day of film camp. Can you imagine all that? Well, we will do more than imagine it. We will provide exactly that. You will have made a short film that was developed, directed, and edited by you, all under the supervision of a caring and world-class faculty. We feel confident that your two-week experience at MFI Summer Camp will be transformational.

Actors Gold Program with BOB KRAKOWER, WENDY MAKKENA

Actors: We choose actors based on talent and passion.July 2nd - July 16th, 2017 (2 Wk Program)Tuition, room, all meals, and films edited by MFI: $4,195
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IMAGINE having two full weeks to work exclusively with three world renowned acting teachers: one who taught stars like Rooney Mara, John Slattery, Josh Duhamel, Laurie Metcalf, AND, one who acted with Diane Weist, Hugh Laurie, Jason Alexander and Ben Afleck. IMAGINE that along with coaching from Bob Krakower and Wendy Makkena, you were also going to be cast in not one, but TWO SHORT FILMS. IMAGINE that your two amazing acting teachers were going to stay with you through the process of shooting these films. IMAGINE that after shooting those films, you are part of an audition workshop with Academy Award Nominated actor-director Chazz Palminteri. And, IMAGINE a retreat like setting, where you will have class in a gorgeous stone mansion, with Bob Krakower. Can you imagine all that? We can do more than imagine it. We can provide this for you in a two-week intensive film program that will rock your world. Wendy and Bob have done so much on set film coaching and acting that you cannot help but have a transformational experience at MFI Summer Camp. And when you hear Chazz teach you how to make adjustments in the audition room, it will inspire you to return to New York, or Los Angeles, ready to work!

Actors Visual Storytellers Week:

Acceptance based on talent and passion.June 26th - July 2nd, 2017Tuition, room, all meals, all film equipment, all courses: $2,195

MFI is offering a one-week program for directors and actors who want to enhance their visual storytelling abilities. Actors perform in scenes directed by MFI directors. Actors also perform monologues which will be shot by MFI cinematographers and rehearsed with MFI faculty. Not only will actors leave MFI with two pieces of film, they will also learn how to edit their monologues with MFI supervision. Actors will have on-camera technique training from acting coach Bob Krakower for their scene work, as well as individualized rehearsals with Wendy Makkena for their monologues.

Directors VISUAL STORYTELLERS WEEK:

Acceptance based on talent and passion.June 26th - July 2nd, 2017Tuition, room, all meals, all film equipment, all courses: $2,195
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MFI is offering a one-week program for directors and actors who want to enhance their visual storytelling abilities. Directors will shoot, light and edit a two character scene using MFI actors. MFI cinematographers will teach camera placement, movement, shot composition, lighting, and more. This is a deeper dive into shooting projects on your own, with Tony Spiridakis and Shannon Goldman mentoring you all the way. This is a bare bones foundation training course for directors who want to learn more about directing from a cinematographer's point of view, and packing a lot of learning into just one week.